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Re: “Defending JLL Deal

All spin Mr. Roberson.

I have been down the outsourced road before, it does not work for University's. JLL will find ways to take money's that would normally stay at a University and pocket it.

I know how they operate. It took us years to get rid of a large professional property management company. By the time we got rid of them and went back to in house management they had taken millions of dollars from us they scammed their way into.

Now, compare the tiny amount of work JLL is doing now for the state to what they are trying to bite off?? JLL has NO experience in large scale University building maintenance. NO experience in athletics, NO experience in research, NO experience in clinical care and NO experience in many other areas they say they have expertise. Mr. Robinson, tell us about JLL's successful experience managing large University's facility operations

As to your assessment that state facilities should be run by professionals, they are. Where I work, we employ, Architects, Engineers, Master Electricians, Master Plumbers, Master Carpenters, Cabinet Makers, Horticulturalists, LEED certified energy management personnel and many more. Perhaps you should have checked on the competency level on what great human resources the state presently has before you made this assumption.

In addition, That core competency argument you make is so wrong. Tell a Harvard or other Ivy league school that grounds keeping should not be one of their core competencies?? The condition of the grounds is one of the major reasons people get a good first impression of a school and end up enrolling there. Clearly your opinion is from a position of one who manages words, not buildings.

"The business case for this new procurement, posted on the CFG website for many months now, specifically cites the experience of Texas A&M University in contracting out its facilities management. The National Association of College and University Business Officers even held a conference on outsourcing in 2015. Saying that no state has done this before is not remotely accurate.:"

The statement above is misleading. Texas AM is the only large scale College in the country doing this and they are not a state.Texas is not doing this only A&M and JLL has nothing to do with this contract. As far as I know no STATE is doing this. (so the statement is more than remotely accurate,... right?...more spin...)

So tell me how JLL saves money? We have no figures from JLL yet so we dont know, but..... JLL says they will pay equal or more money to personnel with no reduction in force, ( this business is 90% labor), improve services, reduce cost, and make a profit. How do you accomplish this.... smoke and mirrors and poof...your money is gone.

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Posted by Whit Sutton on 06/29/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Into the Forrest

Will the new security requirements on comments prevent Anons from screaming "REEEEEEEEE!" in the comments section?

Cuz I'm gonna miss trolling them if it works.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 06/29/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Into the Forrest

Great article Bruce!
The rural Republican majority you mentioned loves to focus on states rights and less Federal government however its completely ok for a red state like Tennessee to clamp down on city/county rights. Hypocrisy at it finest!

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Posted by highpoint_T on 06/29/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “A Compromised Greensward “Solution”

WOW, just WOW! Where has Mr. Smith been!?! To begin with, he's using old, non-approved maps, which says everything. When they agreed to make spaces smaller (latest development), it cut the footprint or land grab by a lot. Saying we're giving up 1/4 is fake news... ha! Messing with people, who worked their asses off, for the Greensward, is just plain wrong.

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Posted by pdp on 06/28/2017 at 9:59 PM

Re: “A Compromised Greensward “Solution”

The current parking delimmna is only a dirty fix attempting to address the lack of past planning requirements. What lies down the road? The Memphis Zoo's long term sustainability and growth plan should be made public. If there is any indication of future expansion of exhibition space or any indication of additional future patron parking requirements, then the zoo must begin relocation out of Overton Park. Enough is enough. Not one square inch.

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Posted by Sidewinder on 06/28/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Watergate II

I love some good fiction. Thanks Randy!

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Posted by Fred Blalack on 06/27/2017 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Watergate II

Treason? Collusion with Russia to interfere with an election and telling the FBI to let it go.
Sexual Assault? "Grab 'em by the pussy." Over 17 women came forward to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct. Trump said he'd sue them after the election but that would mean testifying under oath.
Illegal Labor? Trump used undocumented workers for hotel construction.
Obstruction: Comey, Rosenstein, Preet Bararh, Sessions, Pence, Sally Yates, Flinn, Manafort, Giuliani.

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Posted by Sputnik57 on 06/27/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Watergate II

Geez, everyone in in WH has lawyered up, and Jared has very exprensive attorneys. No one in DC would take on 45 as a client, but he did ask. These are not my opinions, but facts. There are senate and house committees and the Mueller team investigating 45 and his crew for all manner of issues including obstruction of justice. Again, not opinion. Fact.

Randy isn't wrong. You just don't like real facts.
That alleged health care act wasn't voted on today.
There is no wall.
The courts have not upheld much the administration has done.
The claim that 45 has the beat brain and best words is verifiably laughable.
You can clap to keep Tinkerbell alive as long as you want. That light is fading fast.

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Posted by Linda Hopper on 06/27/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Watergate II

Brichy, you always said I reminded you of a really young Ingrid Bergman, not this guy.

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Posted by :) on 06/26/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Watergate II


See "Projection" and "Gaslight". Perhaps you'll gain, after some period of self reflection, personal insight on your behavior.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 06/26/2017 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Watergate II

so who wins this one?…


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Posted by Nick R on 06/26/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Policy Needs to be Set for Memphis Sand Aquifer

Memphis has access to some of the best water on the planet and they want to add poison to it before they send it to the resident's homes. Hydrofluorosilicic acid, extracted from the exhaust stacks of phosphate fertilizer plants, is extremely toxic but is added to Memphis water without regard for its safety. Memphis should be trying to keep its amazing water as PURE as possible instead of ruining it by adding unnecessary and poisonous additives.

Posted by jmiles on 06/26/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Watergate II

Your commentary, however, certainly reminds me of a couple of my favorite quotes... Socrates said, When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. One more, from my grandpa, yes, my grandpa, "Son, the ones hollering the loudest are usually the ones holding the weakest position."

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Posted by noulteriormotive on 06/26/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Watergate II

Austin 3:16

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Posted by still living in berclair on 06/26/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Watergate II

DSM-5 301.83 (F60.3)

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Posted by Nick R on 06/26/2017 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Watergate II

Exodus 23: 1-2

James 3: 5-6

Hebrews 13: 17

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 06/25/2017 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Watergate II

Matthew 7:6

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Posted by Nick R on 06/25/2017 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Watergate II


So, you don't have anything to back it up. Just talk.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 06/25/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Watergate II

Nick R

Brichy is a pearl. You are the swine. Sexual assault is subjective.
I don't miss AringtonPop or OakTree not at all.

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Posted by :) on 06/25/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Watergate II

Brichy, Wouldn't waste my time casting pearls before swine.
Lord I miss ArlingtonPop and OakTree.

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Posted by Nick R on 06/25/2017 at 3:00 PM

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